Essential Truths Seminar


The Essential Truths Teaching Seminar on the Martial Law Era (1972-1986) is one of the projects of the HRVVMC to combat the historical revisionism of the Martial Law Era by providing teaching modules, new insights, and resources for teaching the Martial Law Era. In line with this, the target audience of the seminar are Araling Panlipunan and Social Science teachers.

The seminar tackles the eight Essential Truths through the presentations of eight speakers. The speakers all come from academic backgrounds from various universities and are experts in their field. 

Class Guides


Through the assistance of various academic institutions and experts on the 1972-1986 Martial Law Administration, the Memorial Commission has condensed the various topics and lessons about the period into a series of Essential Truths. The Essential Truths (ET) Series serves as a compendium for basic and key facts about the Martial Law Years, while also clarifying and debunking various claims made about them

For more information and access to these class guides, you may request them through the form below or by emailing

Additional Research References


Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation

The Bantayog ng mga Bayani (Monument to the Heroes) is a Non-Government memorial center honoring individuals who lived and died in defiance of the repressive Martial Law administration. The Foundation has uploaded the names of these individuals online, as well as their different profiles and stories among the various issues, testimonials, publications, and other items on their website.

Digital Museum of Martial Law in the Philippines

The Digital Museum of Martial Law in the Philippines was founded on September 21, 2016 by Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism. It is a virtual space serving as both a living memorial on the period and a platform to provoke critical reflection, inclusive learning, and vigilant remembrance through the multi-faceted lens of artistic expression.

For Democracy and Human Rights: An Online Exhibit

The FDHR exhibit was created by the Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking with support from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung—Philippine Office. The site features 4 academic essays serving as main references, with a 19-panel exhibition divided into four main groups: (1) democracy and dictatorship; (2) human rights; (3) timeline; and (4) FAQs/Myths. While the panels are self-explanatory, an exhibition guide is provided to provide further details and deeper discussions

Missing Art Movement

The Missing Art Movement is a project of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG). It serves as an online gallery for the various art pieces which were acquired by the Marcos Family through ill-gotten wealth. The list is non exhaustive – and is still subject to further update as the PCGG continues to investigate and verify additional pieces. The site also indicates which works have been recovered by the commission or are still missing – and presents a brief infographic summarizing their current data.

Presidential Commission on Good Government

The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) was created under Executive Order No. 1 (1986) to assist the President in the recovery of all ill-gotten wealth accumulated by former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, his immediate family, relatives, subordinates and close associates, as well as to investigate other cases of graft and corruption. Its website updates on the search and recovery of such items by the government and also provides special pieces on other topics.

The Martial Law Chronicles Project

The Martial Law Chronicles Project (MLCP) is an undertaking by a non-partisan group of individuals against historical negationism, particularly on efforts recasting the late Ferdinand E. Marcos as a hero. The Website possesses a recommended reading list on the period and organizes various online pieces discussing the beginnings, effects and lessons on the 1972-1986 Period.

The Martial Law Museum

The Martial Law Museum is a digital educational resource produced by the Ateneo de Manila University. Spanning more than 300 references and 100 consultations with experts, the site hosts 25 exhibits on different dimensions of the dictatorship. Also available are a number of lesson plans and other materials developed with the help of over 300 teachers across 32 different institutions.